Camilla and Marc
If you consider yourself a fun and feminine fashion girl with modern sensibilities, then chances are you'll love Australian label Camilla and Marc. Since its launch in 2003 by Sydneysiders and brother-sister design duo Camilla and Marc Freeman, the brand has unfailingly produced some of the most covetable clothing on the market-think: flirtatious cocktail dresses, polished separates, and cutting-edge silhouettes. Now an international favorite adored by the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, and Rose Byrne, Camilla and Marc has grown to include a fantastic swimwear line (C&M camilla and marc SWIM), as well as a small collection of denim essentials. To celebrate the brand's continued success, we dedicate this month's Line We Love story to its sprightly Pre-Spring 12 collection, replete with fantastic statement items galore!
Blocked Shot Bolero ($580) in Fluro Pink
A vibrant top that appears both wonderfully feminine and subtly sexy at the same time? Count us in! The Blocked Shot Bolero is an unexpectedly chic evening option and a guaranteed showstopper, thanks to its fluorescent pink hue, textured jacquard print, and cutout back. Just pair it with slim pants or a pencil skirt to keep your outfit proportionally on point.
Revolution Trousers ($360) in Cobalt
Pink, red, or blue, we can't resist a brightly-hued pant here at the WWW headquarters! Accordingly, we've already reserved a spot in our closets for these cobalt Revolution Trousers. We're obviously crazy about the fantastic neon blue color-the perfect way to punch up an understated blouse-but we also appreciate how its tailored fit gives the pants a more sophisticated, office-appropriate look.
Ophelia Skirt ($391, 323.655.5900) in Printed Canvas
Energizing everything from dreamy cape jackets to slim pants, this zippy digital print was present throughout the entire collection; however, we absolutely love it on this darling mini skirt. We're also quite pleased it's made from a sturdy canvas, which, in addition to a leopard-like, multi-colored pattern, makes the playful skirt a bit more casual and youthful. Fit for a GNO, we recommend styling this piece with a semi-sheer button-up and basic black pumps.
Boundary Dress ($599, 323.655.5900) in Black with Black
For anyone seeking a LBD, or just a fabulous cocktail frock for that matter, our advice is simple: pick up the Boundary Dress pronto! As evidenced by the structured cap sleeves, drop-waist silhouette, and voluminous skirt, this piece was designed with the uber-stylish party girl in mind. Not a fan of wearing black? No worries, it's also available in taupe and white with silver.-Jessica Baker
Q&A with Camilla Freeman-Topper
What inspired the start of your design career?
I don't have an early memory of what inspired me. I just remember always wanting to be in a creative field, and making clothes felt very natural for me.
What was the inspiration behind this season's collection?
As a starting point, the collection was inspired by the opulence of the baroque period, and this was largely explored through fabrications. What developed created a sense of contemporary optimism: clean graphic lines, geometric shapes, modern color blocking, but still flavored by historic references.
How would you style specific pieces from this collection? Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
The bright colorblocking used throughout the collection sits alongside strong silhouettes in neutral tones. This allows us to mix neons and prints to create a statement, or style a look that reflects modern sophistication. One of my most loved pieces is the hot pink bolero! Teamed with the white Sovereign Jean, it's the perfect casual day or evening look!
What kind of girl do you envision wearing your clothing?
We like to think of a confident woman whose approach to dressing is a love of the classics with a twist. As designers, we love the tension and interest created by dichotomy in style, which means a mix of masculine and feminine elements or luxe and street.
How does your design process for a collection start?
Fabrics are always a major starting point for me for each collection. For this season, I was drawn to things like jacquard, but in unusual colors and patterns, so I then started exploring baroque influences. We lightened and modernized these by tempering the historical references with clean graphic lines and strong color.